Friday, March 31, 2017

Just For You

When I get in a creative funk, I like to visit tried and true "older" techniques. I think sometimes I get so caught up in trying to do something new all the time -- when I should stick with what works! Anyway, this fun mixed media card was made using the Direct to Paper technique -- an old one for sure. But I love the graphic, contemporary look:
I used two distress inks and stamped the cubes directly on to my watercolor paper in a geometric design, then spritzed the paper with water. After that was dry, I stamped my sentiment with VersaMark ink and embossed with Pearlized Amethyst EP. 
I added Gold Metallic Baker's Twine from Really Reasonable Ribbon as fringe on both sides for embellishment to this comtemporary, mixed media card. In retrospect, it would have looked fun all the way down one side too. All my layers, and the fringe, are held together with Scor-Tape. There are many ways to use the Direct to Paper technique, with many different looks. If you have never tried it before, take a look at this tutorial. Be careful on April Fools' Day tomorrow! 
Stamps: Stampin' Up!

Paper: watercolor, Perfect Plum (Stampin' Up!), So Sophia DP (MME), stash shimmer lavender
Paper Size: 5.5" SQ
Ink: TH Distress inks, Versamark
Accessories: Gold Metallic Baker's Twine (Really Reasonable Ribbon), Pearlized Amethyst Embossing Powder (Stampendous)
Challenges for this card:
Colour Crazy Challenge - Anything Goes 
Crafting-With-Friends - Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments Challenge - Any Sentiment Except For Birthday

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Bunny Love

There is a new challenge up at Really Reasonable Ribbon: Easter and spring themed with ribbon or trim! This is my sample for the challenge:
I used an adorable Vintage Easter Bunny Ticket from my sweet friend Ginny in her Etsy store. I distressed the edges and then found some wonderful coordinating paper from the Prima line: Madeleine.  I used a Pretty Posh edge die to cut my scallops. All of my layers are adhered with Scor-Tape from the RRR Store.

I tied some Ivory Burlap String around the bottom of my main panel and added a wood heart from Stampin' Up! My Light Pink Organza triple bow is set off with a pink Apple Blossom. Finally, I added a Flower Shaped Pearl in the corner.

It's 83 degrees here today, with snow forecast for Wednesday. Spring is definitely on the way!
Come check out the challenge and play along!
Other challenges for this card:

Monday, March 13, 2017

Hopping in March with Really Reasonable Ribbon!

Welcome to the March Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop! If you arrived here from Gloria's blog, you are in the right place! If you just happened along, be sure to start at the beginning at the RRR Blog (I am the second stop this month, so you don't have far back to go!) so you don't miss out on the awesome projects, fun news, and a prize from Really Reasonable Ribbon! Our hop goes live at 6:30 AM Central.
Each 13th of the month it's the Really Reasonable Ribbon blog hop where we highlight the Ribbon Club! I love rainbow colors, and this month's selections just make me so happy! Take a look at this month's ribbon club package. Isn't it pretty?
If you really love ribbon and would like to have a wonderful assortment of ribbons sent to you automatically each month, just join the Really Reasonable Ribbon Club! Monthly ribbon club assortments are selected and pre-packed to reflect a specific theme, color, or holiday season.

Today's card uses a technique called Die Cut Masking. My good friend, Dina, has made a fabulous tutorial with written instructions, and also a video, so check it out and try it! I used painter's tape to cut my sentiment word, and then adhered the tape to my card. I sponged on top using Tumbled Glass Distress Ink, and then stamped a flourish on top before removing the tape. All of my layers are held together with Scor-Tape.
I chose the beautiful Tropic Taffeta Ribbon from this month's assortment to make a three looped half bow. I embellished my bow with Earth Tone Trellis Roses and Open Roses.
I love the contrast of the shades of blue with the Kraft cardstock and Earth Tone roses!
Thank you for stopping by and for your sweet comments! Now off to Cheryl's blog, where you will have a feast for the eyes!

There's a grand Spring Fever sale going on at Really Reasonable Ribbon until March 17th! Be sure to check it out!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Life Doesn't Have to Be Perfect

Happy Wednesday, everyone! Today I have a fun, contemporary look for my card of encouragement, along with a bit of traditional too.
On Confetti cardstock, I sprinkled several colors of Brushos, and then spritzed with water to make the powder active and run. Once that was dry, I stamped my sentiment (Stampin' Up!) with Archival Black ink (SU!), I adhered this to a panel of purple cardstock, and tied a triple bow around the card using the beautiful Tiny Sheer Purple Floral Organza ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon. This ribbon is so sweet, and allows for the colors to show through beautifully.
I added three Cosmos Daisy Stem Flowers in shades of purple on top of the bow. All of my layers are adhered with 3/8" Scor-Tape. I like the mix of contemporary and traditional looks! What do you think?